The Family Computer: Cleaning

by Julie Fletcher

You can clean your computer. No, don’t break out the sponges! Vacuuming is a great way to make sure you get the most dust out of your computer, resulting in better connections.

A hose and brush attachment are the best tools for the vacuuming. The soft brush end will loosen dust, allowing the vacuum to remove more. If your machine has a high and low setting, use the high setting for all of the open air holes around the computer tower. If you are familiar with your computer, you can remove the tower cover and carefully vacuum inside of the case, being cautious to not disturb wire connections.

If you live in an area with a lot of dust, such as on a dirt road or you have a gravel driveway, do this once a week at least.

For cleaning the keyboard, alcohol and a cotton swab work well. Turn off the computer, then dip the swab into a small amount of alcohol (normal rubbing alcohol). Clean each key with the swab. You can also use the vaccum and brush attqachment to remove any dust and debris. Turn the keyboard upside down, vacuum, then lie down and vacuum again.

You can use wipes on the monitor that are safe for electronics. The same wipes can be used on the entrie computer, just avoid power connections and make sure the computer is not connected to a power supply during cleaning.

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